NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/19) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, better check the tab above: “NYC Events-April”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Christian McBride Big Band (Apr.19-22)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35+
“GRAMMY® Award-winning bassist Christian McBride first composed for big band in 1995 as a commission for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The master musician has since appeared on over 300 recordings and is easily one of the most accomplished bassists alive. Now a leader of his own GRAMMY® Award-winning Big Band, featuring a staggering and diverse lineup of top musicians, McBride simultaneously shows off his compositional talent and unmatched ability to drive a band from behind the bass. This hip new group combines the classic big band sounds of the Swing Era with more than half a century of post-bop influences.”

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 7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Suite for Abu Sadiya
>> PHAROAH SANDERS
>> The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert
>> THE V.4 DANCE FESTIVAL
>> The Way of Whisky
>> The Cook’s Atelier New York
>> One Book, One New York: Authors in Conversation
Continuing Events
>> PEN America World Voices Festival
>> The Orchid Show
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Suite for Abu Sadiya featuring Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal & Nasheet Waits
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“In this musical take on a North African myth, Brooklyn-based, French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten Stambeli tradition—a healing trance music created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia. Boulares and Segal’s original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of the hunter Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, thus becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the memory of sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.”

PHAROAH SANDERS
at Le Poisson Rouge / 8PM, $
“A doyen of spiritual jazz, Mr. Sanders is known for his mantralike compositions, often featuring no more than two chords and a repetitious theme. They tend to open onto acres of space where the tenor saxophonist can improvise and conjure. At 77, Mr. Sanders — an N.E.A. Jazz Master — still performs with ardor, often singing as well as blowing the horn. And on jazz standards he can still channel the beaming, late-1950s sound of his mentor, John Coltrane.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $35+
“John Kander and Fred Ebb followed their breakthrough musical, Cabaret, with this less successful 1968 effort, which starred Robert Goulet as a French-Canadian photographer and a teenage Michael Rupert as his awkward nephew. Now Rupert heads the cast of the show’s golden-anniversary concert, which also features Claybourne Elder, Debbie Gravitte, Janet Metz, Nic Rouleau, AJ Shively and Jim Walton.” (TONY)

THE V.4 DANCE FESTIVAL (April 19-20)
at N.Y.U. Skirball / 7:30PM, $20+
“The Visegrad group is the political alliance of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. This week they form a dance alliance as well with a two-day festival showcasing one artist from each country. On April 19, Vera Ondrasikova from the Czech Republic presents “Guide,” an audiovisual experience featuring lasers, and Paweł Sakowicz from Poland performs “Total,” a satirical look at virtuosity in dance. On April 20, the Debris Company from Slovakia offers “Wow!,” a surreal portrait of humans and the environment, while Laszlo Fulop and Emese Cuhorka of Hungary tackle the concept of boredom in “Your Mother at My Door.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Way of Whisky
Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St./ 6:30PM, $14
“What makes Japanese whisky “Japanese?” That is the question award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom set out to answer in his book, The Way of Whisky. Broom’s journey took him to whisky distilleries across Japan, where he uncovered how Japanese craftsmanship, customs and nature combine to make these fine whiskies so unique. Join us to discover the subtle characteristics of this finely crafted spirit and the role Japan’s traditional arts play in its production and appreciation. Moderated by Noah Rothbaum, editor of The Daily Beast‘s Drink + Food section. Followed by a book signing reception.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

The Cook’s Atelier New York-
Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle / 6:30PM, $45
Includes small bites, champagne, and a signed copy of The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School
“Meet mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini.

With a lot of hard work and a dash of fate, Marjorie and Kendall realized their dream of moving to France and cofounded The Cook’s Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the storybook town of Beaune, located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Combining their professional backgrounds in food and wine, they attract visitors from near and far with their approachable, convivial style of cooking. This April, they will be bringing The Cook’s Atelier to New York, for an exclusive event that you won’t want to miss.

Marjorie and Kendall will be making recipes from their debut cookbook, The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School. Featuring more than 100 market-inspired recipes and 300 exceptional photographs, this comprehensive reference is an extension of their cooking school, providing a refreshingly simple take on French techniques and recipes that every cook should know—basic butchery, essential stocks and sauces, pastry, dessert creams and sauces, and preserving, to name a few.”

One Book, One New York: Authors in Conversation
The New School / 7:30PM, FREE with RSVP
Vote early, vote often.
“As part of the PEN World Voices Festival and the second annual One Book, One New York program (this year in partnership with Vulture and New York), the four living nominated authors Imbolo Mbue, Hari Kunzru, Esmeralda Santiago, and Jennifer Egan will sit down with Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins and moderator Jennifer Finney Boylan for a panel discussion in advance of the winning book’s reveal on May 3.” (NewYorkMag)

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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Continuing Events

PEN America World Voices Festival
Multiple times and venues; Prices vary (Apr. 16-22)
“In a 2005 article on the first PEN America World Voices Festival, Salman Rushdie wrote of the need for Americans to listen to the voices of the globally oppressed. “Those voices — Arab or Afghan or Latin American or Russian — need to be magnified, so that they can be heard loud and clear just as the Soviet dissidents once were.” This was, of course, long before the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the surge of white nationalist rhetoric into the mainstream discourse, and the global reckoning of the #MeToo movement. This year’s PEN World Voices Festival: Resist and Reimagine promises to interrogate America’s own dissident histories and power dynamics. Click here to peruse the complete schedule.” (Alana Mohamed, VillageVoice)

The Orchid Show (thru April 22)
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; various dates and times; $20
“Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.”

“With less than a month left to see the 16th edition of the Orchid Show, there’s no better time to go to the New York Botanical Garden. Marvel over Belgian floral artist Daniël Ost’s wabi-sabi installations, which find beauty in imperfection and impermanence.” (TONY)

The Orchid Show in NYC guide
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/orchid-show-nyc-guide

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Bonus NYC Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Another outrageous rent increase by a rapacious NYC landlord will close BBKings as of April 29 – How Sad.
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here is an exhibition the New Yorker likes:

Arlene Gottfried (thru April 28)

“Aptly titled “A Lifetime of Wandering,” this posthumous exhibition of the photographer’s street scenes and portraits captures New York’s demimonde of the nineteen-seventies and eighties from a warm and impromptu perspective. Among Gottfried’s coöperative subjects were Brooklyn beachgoers, Harlem gospel singers, and disco-era clubbers, as well as underground icons and international celebrities. A shot of the transgender activist and performer Marsha P. Johnson shows her posing with a wide smile in the middle of the street. Diana Ross, standing by a wall and dressed to blend in, likewise beams for the camera. Gottfried, who died last year, at the age of sixty-six, also photographed those closest to her. One of the show’s high points is “Mommie Kissing Bubbie on Delancey Street,” from 1979, which celebrates two generations of her Jewish immigrant family in an unguarded moment on the Lower East Side.”  (Cooney, 508 W. 26th St.)

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try the NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 04/17 and 04/15.

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